November

This is the month to head to the south or east coast, Lots of wildfowl will be arriving, head for the Norfolk coast for Brent and Pink footed Geese these should be here in the thousands and it’s a stunning site to see!

With strong North East winds the Norfolk coast is the best place to see Little Auks and Waxwings, if you can stand the cold!!!

Closer to home, Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides , in the past it was possible to see thousands of White fronted geese here but now as it is getting milder the numbers are down to a few hundred !

If we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for Leach’s Petrel, I have had my best views of these tiny sea birds from here, the best place to look from is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

TOTAL SPECIES I HAVE SEEN SO FAR THIS YEAR (259)

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

October Sightings

29th

The first Bewick’s Swans were back at Slimbridge

American Wigeon still at Chew Valley Lake

2 Whooper Swans at New Passage

28th

Yellow Browed Warbler, 2 Hen Harriers and a Merlin in the Haxton Down area of Salisbury Plain

27th

Yellow Browed warbler at Nagshead

26th

American Wigeon at Chew Valley Lake

21st

Osprey at Wotton under Edge

Hen Harrier at Northwick Warth

Whooper Swan at Langford Lakes

19th

Spoonbill, Spotted Crake, 8 Cattle Egrets, 18 Great White Egrets, Garganey and 2 Bearded Tits at Chew Valley Lake

16th

Grey Catbird at Treeve Moor, Land’s End, Cornwall, only the 2nd ever for the UK and my 519th bird for the UK (259)

Yellow Browed Warbler at Rownhill Bristol

4 Whooper Swans at New Passage

14th

Yellow Browed warbler in Bath in the Walcot Gate area

Cattle Egret at Waterhay Cotswold Water Park

Spotted Crake still at Chew Valley Lake

10th

2 Whinchats with 7 Stonechats on Chipping Sodbury Common

Scaup at Northwick Warth

Spotted Crake, 7 Great White Egrets, 5 Cattle Egrets, 4 Spotted Redshanks, 2 Scaup, Garganey and a Marsh Harrier at Chew Valley Lake

9th

3 Ring Ouzels at Morgan’s Hill

7th

Wood Lark and Jack Snipe at Northwick Warth

5th

Yellow Browed Warbler at Crabtree Hill

Lesser Scaup, Scaup, 2 Spotted Redshanks, 2 Jack Snipes, Garganey, 5 Cattle Egrets and 20 Black Tailed Godwits at Chew Valley Lake

4th

Ruddy Shelduck at Langford Lakes

3rd

2 Whinchats, 5+ Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs on Chipping Sodbury Common

Teal, 6 Chiffchaffs plus 8 Gadwall at Kingsgate Park Yate

 Cattle Egret, Cotswold Water Park
Cattle Egret, Cotswold Water Park

Pied Flycatcher, Shetland
Pied Flycatcher, Shetland

Grey Catbird
Grey Catbird

Grey Catbird Crowd
Grey Catbird Crowd